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Program Structure

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The bachelor's program encompasses 180 credit points (abbr. LP) and conveys basic knowledge of the subject and related methods of the Geological Sciences. The program subdivides into modules of the core subject including the bachelor's thesis (150 LP) and modules of the General Professional Skills Courses including professional practical training (30 LP).

I. Core subject (120 LP)

The core subject subdivides into the following three areas of study and the Bachelor's thesis:

1. "Basic geological knowledge" („Geologisches Grundwissen“) (66 LP)

In this area of study the basics of geology are taught.

2. "Basic natural science knowledge" („Naturwissenschaftliches Grundwissen“) (40 LP)

In this area of study knowledge about methodological faculties and skills as well as scholarly working methods is imparted and trained. It encompasses several modules which subdivide into two focal sequences:

a) Module sequence with chemical and biological focus (42 LP)

This module sequence is recommended, if it is planned to focus one's studies on one of the following subjects: geochemistry, hydrogeology, mineralogy-petrology, paleontology, sedimentary geology, tectonics

b) Module sequence with mathematical and physical focus (48 LP)

This module sequence is recommended, if it is planned to focus one's studies on geophysics.

3. "Geoscientific area of concentration" ("Geowissenschaftliche Vertiefung") (30 LP oder 24 LP)

In this area of study elective modules are to be chosen from the following catalogue of the Geological Sciences and to be completed successfully. Students of module sequence 2.a) chose modules to the extent of 30 LP, Students of module sequence 2.b) to the extent of 24 LP.

   The individual modules of the areas of study and module sequences are listed

    in the current Study and Examination Regulations of 2012 here (German)

4. Bachlor's thesis (12 LP)

By submitting their Bachelor's thesis students demonstrate their ability to work on a selected problem in the field of Geographical Sciences autonomously - but under supervision - according to scholarly methods and standards and to present their findings in an appropriate manner.

II. General professional skills courses (abbr. ABV) (30 LP)

This area of study contains the following parts:

·         professional practical training

·         modules out of six spheres of competence

   General information about ABV in Bachelor study programs at Free University Berlin


This area provides a broadened scientific education beyond students' respective fields of study and offers to teach skills both vital to occupational and to scholarly advancement. Furthermore it offers a chance to apply already apprehended knowledge in an environment related to professional activity.

Study and examination regulations, study plans

Contents and qualificational goals of individual modules are regulated in the study and examination regulations.

The Bachelor program's structure is illustrated additionally by the exemplary study plans.

   Both are to be found here (German).